You may have seen this. It’s actually an ad. By Lauren Greenfield. It’s for what’s sometimes referred to feminine or female health. That is to say, tampons and pads.
What do tampons and pads have to do with masculinity, you want to know.
If it has to do with gender, because reproductive and sexual health have to do with gender, unless you have not heard of feminism, then tampons have to with femininities, and masculinities can never be fully understood without understanding femininities.
I’m posting the link here below I feel every African girl AND boy and their parents and teachers ought to see this.
Not true. I am reposting this because boys of every stripe and size, and girls everywhere from Angola back to Azerbaijan, children in Nigeria to Syria, but also places where gender and sexual equality struggles have been won (if there are such places in the universe), children of whatever nationality, big and small boys and girls, women and men ought have a chance to run, talk, walk, throw, dress or do whatever they want to do like themselves, whether that be in female or male or queer body.
Let me say one last thing right quick. When I watched the video I was reminded of an exhibition I saw a while ago by Zanele Muholi. It might have been her first solo show at Michael Stevenson. The exhibition had images of pads with menstrual blood. That’s not pretty art, no way. However, as a statement on the womanhood and sexuality and reality of black lesbian lives it was no doubt powerful. I don’t think queer black girls and women’s menstrual blood is what Always wanted to get me thinking of with the ad, but the art of black queer women and girls is where my mind went to even while I saw the ad had to with boys and masculinity.
So will you take a few minutes and watch this, please. And let me know what you think.